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Dave Kearney scores his Ireland’s second try against Fiji at the Aviva. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The mistake supersedes all other considerations in the immediate aftermath of the match. It’s impossible to escape the fug of disappointment. It’s not(...)

An injured Joey Carbery leaving the field  against Fiji. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Only one thing in life worse than being talked about. A broken Joey Carbery disappears from view for now. Peni Ravai achieved on 60 minutes what Jale (...)

Fiji winger  Nemani Nadolo in action for Montpellier against Leinster. “Over the years I just worked on my power. I’ve finally discovered I’m a big boy.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When the big wheel turns, it is hard to stop. Nemani Nadolo is the paddleboat steamer in Montpellier. He is boyish and open, a cartoon-sized winger, w(...)

Jordi Murphy: “We are just very lucky in Ireland to be blessed with quite a lot of depth in the backrow”

Robbie Deans rang Joe Schmidt seeking a flanker. Jordi Murphy grabbed his school socks and set off for Limerick to realise an increasingly difficult c(...)

Alice Leahy: “The politicians haven’t a clue, really.” Photograph: Jason Clarke

Homeless campaigner Alice Leahy finds criticisms of unofficial homeless agencies “deeply insulting”. Caring for the roughest of rough sleepers for 42(...)

Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin has been directed by the party, along with SF TDs Jonathan O’Brien and Peadar Tóibín, not to engage in public disputes over the abortion issue. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin’s political opponents often describe the party as a cult but, on one issue at least, it is just like all other parties: views among members (...)

Leo’s conference speech performance at the weekend received what might be charitably described as a ‘mixed reception’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There is an odd atmosphere in the heart of Leinster House these days. Vital building and renovation work is in full swing in the original part of th(...)

Rathnew players celebrate after beating St Vincents  in the AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Football Championship quarter-final. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Ah, we didn’t want to go to the stupid World Cup anyway. And as for hosting the rugby version, having a rag-tag collection of old British colonies dro(...)

Tadhg Furlong and Dave Kilcoyne during Ireland training. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne and Leinster secondrow James Ryan both sat out Ireland training on Tuesday morning ahead of Saturday’s test match against F(...)

Brothers in arms: Rob Kearney and Bundee Aki at Saturday’s  Guinness Series clash with South Africa at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Brotherhood. It’s a word not often heard spilling out into public from the bear-pit of the professional game. The concept of a bound alliance, with it(...)

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